Illustrating ‘The Humble Leader’ #2

I’ve just completed the sixth of the twelve illustrations i need for ‘The Humble Leader’ [and i’m still deciding if that is the working title or the final one!].

All these illustrations are of leaves, which tie into the visual design of the parallel ‘Quiet Leadership Guidebook’. There is no particular need for them to do so, but i am enjoying writing these two books in parallel, in very different styles, so happy to have found a way to tie them visually as well.

The Quiet Leadership illustrations (there are, i think, a total of 38 of them) are all done on the iPad, in colour. By contrast, the ones for ‘The Humble Leader’ are drawn on cartridge paper using a combination of Staedtler and Faber Castell pens, at 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5mm. This makes it only my second book to have ‘real’, as opposed to digital, illustration: the first was the ‘Trust Sketchbook’, which was illustrated in watercolour.

I’m quite enjoying using these pens: some of them are quite old, taking me back to my days of architectural illustration (although my trust Rotring Rapidograph refillable pens seem finally dried out beyond redemption – anyone familiar with the scratchy sound of a dried out Rotring will understand my lack of remorse for this state).

I hope to complete the remaining illustrations this week. I actually have a load of other things buzzing around in my head, relating to the work around ‘Big Loop’ learning that i shared last week, but i’m forcing myself to focus to finally get this book done!

About julianstodd

Author and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the Social Age. I’ve written ten books, and over 2,000 articles, and still learning...
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